Project Ocean is the flagship of the upcoming Explorer Series. This one is the largest, an 85-foot (26-meter) explorer built with consideration toward the environment and a focus on sustainability, but the line will also include smaller hulls. Arksen is also considering larger ones but nothing has been decided officially as of the moment of writing.
Arksen 85 or Project Ocean comes with full hybrid propulsion, efficient cruising, and a range worthy of the explorer name. The energy management system is supplied by Praxis Automation Technology. In addition to hybrid propulsion, solar panels will provide 7 kW of zero-carbon electrical power, while heating and ventilation will wise thermal reclaim, for maximum efficiency.
The hull, which is made of aluminum recycled from Hydro, which, in turn, can be recycled at the end of its lifecycle, has just been turned in May this year. It is designed to be highly efficient, cutting down running costs and emissions. The exterior is by Humphreys Yacht Design and will include a superstructure made from the same lightweight, recycled aluminum.
The same consideration for the environment is apparent inside. The interior is by Design Unlimited and incorporates soft furniture made from recycled plastic and other items made from recycled materials. The use of recycled or upcycled materials is yet to become standard in the naval industry, so any step in this direction is a positive one, no matter how small it is or whether it’s more of an isolated thing.
Accommodation is for up to 10 guests across four spacious cabins. It is an explorer at heart, so comfort is important—but not so much luxury. Since it would work just as well for an entire family of explorers, the full-beam master suite includes a multi-purpose space that, Arksen says, could function as a children’s cabin, a library, a study, or a media room, depending on the needs of the owner.
Project Ocean, and implicitly the new Explorer Series, aims to “re-shape the development of leisure-vessel production in the motor yacht sector,” Tom Humphreys, co-director of Humphreys Yacht Design, said late last year. The announcement came in a context in which more yacht owners are upgrading to vessels with explorer capabilities.
Arksen estimates that Project 85 will be completed within an 18-month timeframe and be ready for sea trials by spring 2022.